Terry McAuliffe to help the Obama Campaign

Wow!  I was stressed out all day awaiting the Hillary speech tonight.  All day long I was setting up my middle school classroom (we start next week here in SoCal) and listening to MSNBC's coverage of the convention.  I worked myself into a mega-depressed state while listening to the pundits and interviews from Clinton supporters (Linda Sanchez and Terry McAuliffe, among others) who were dancing around the issue of whole-heartedly supporting Obama/Biden.  Then I listened to Warner.  Ugh.  He may be good in Virginia, but the speech was flat.  As the buildup to Senator Clinton's speech approached, I kept thinking about McAuliffe and remembering the energy he brought to the '92 and '96 campaigns, and how that was absent now.
Then Senator Clinton superseded all expectations and brought the house down with her speech.  I was feeling really good, but a little nervous still.  However, around 9:24 pm (PDT), McAuliffe was being interviewed by Tweety and Olbermann and he said this, "What I would do if I were Barack Obama, I would put Hillary Clinton, I'd put her in that state (Ohio) for the next 72 days.  She was the champion of Blue Collar, let her get out there and let her bring those voters home."
Then Chris Matthews asked, "...are you, Terry McAuliffe, having a role in the strategizing of the Barack Obama final game?"
McAullife replied, "...now that we are through this convention, I am going to go full-time to help this campaign."
Chris then suggested that Terry and Hillary could bring home Ohio, and Rendell and Biden could secure Pennsylvania, which would allow Obama to focus on the western states (all the while, McAuliffe was enthusiastically nodding his head).
Terry then explained how Governor Ritter won Colorado with 56%, Mark Warner and Tim Kaine can deliver Virginia for us,  and how Tedd Strickland has a 64% approval rating in Ohio.
He then said, "We're gonna win this thing." 
And THERE'S the peace that I have been missing for sooooooo long!  
I now believe that this election is OVER with the combination of Terry McAuliffe's electoral college approach and Obama's mastery for organizing at the grass-roots level.
Rest up that voice, Terry.  Senator Obama needs you for the next 72 days!

Tags: Hillary, Kaine, Linda Sanchez, obama, Rendell, strickland, Terry McAuliffe, Warner (all tags)



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Sorry no links.  I don't know how to include video.  This is only my second diary in three years.

by lqbruin 2008-08-26 09:56PM | 0 recs
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Wow, this could be positive. Never been a fan of most of Hillary's team, but I know they have some pull.

by vcalzone 2008-08-26 09:59PM | 0 recs
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Oh, I had a rough time stomaching her team this year, and I had supported Obama since he announced.  However, I do think that McAuliffe, Carville, Bagala, and yes, even Wolfson know how to get the job done when it comes to battling in the bloody hand-to-hand combat that is the general election.
I do think Wolfson is a turncoat though, for working for Faux News.
by lqbruin 2008-08-26 10:06PM | 0 recs
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I still haven't seen any evidence that Wolfson is working (actively or tacitly) to elect the likely Democratic nominee.  He may not be acting like Lieberman, but he's been as petulant as James "Michelle Obama's speech didn't stand for anything" Carville.

by blueAZ 2008-08-26 11:19PM | 0 recs
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Terry did great tonight, though. He didn't parse words, he was full bore (though stricken with laryngitis) for Obama.
Many people at the convention are really upset about Hillary not being the nominee, but they now believe in Obama and believe that he MUST be the next president.
It's okay to be upset about Hillary not being the nominee. It's ALWAYS been okay to be upset about that (and I'm sorry if I've implied otherwise). But we're all on the same side now.
And for those hard-core Hillary Clinton supporters, Hillary isn't going anywhere. The Senate isn't junk, and someone with the clout of Hillary can certainly deliver her presidential campaign promises as a GIANT voice in the Senate, pushing President Obama. Even if she isn't the technical Senate majority leader for a while, she can absolutely keep the dems in line in pushing for her agenda.
Does anyone doubt her ability to do this?
by EvilAsh 2008-08-26 10:24PM | 0 recs
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I think that there is a deal in place, either implied or expressed, that Hillary gets support for whatever legislation she damn well pleases in exchange for helping him.

by vcalzone 2008-08-26 10:29PM | 0 recs
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That doesn't bother me. Hell, their policies were so close to begin with that about the only thing to argue about was health care mandates.
And if they can get health care passed, with or without mandates, I'm happy.
by EvilAsh 2008-08-26 10:33PM | 0 recs
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The only barriers Hillary will have in the Senate are her fellow Senators (Republican and "independent dem" alike).  Hillary's goals are Obama's goals and vice versa.

by blueAZ 2008-08-26 11:22PM | 0 recs
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This is great news. This speech has changed the mind set. Hearing the words "Working together" is now becoming more common. YES WE WILL

by canadian 2008-08-26 10:48PM | 0 recs
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Excellent. I know Obama and Biden and I'm sure Clinton will be at the funeral of Stephanie Tubbs-Jones in Ohio on Saturday.  A joint appearance would be great, even sitting together and chatting.

And then lots of speeches and visits in Ohio!

by politicsmatters 2008-08-27 05:26AM | 0 recs


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